Cristina Andrés-Barrao

Postdoctoral Fellows
​Postdoctoral Fellow​



Research Interests

Deeply curious about extremophile microorganisms, spent most part of my career studying the physiology of acidophilic bacteria and plant-growth-promoting bacteria occurring in extreme environments. My current research interest focuses on the characterization of ultramicrobacteria (UMB) from the Red Sea in terms of morphology and diversity in terms of taxonomy and function. 

Selected Publications

•  Ethylene induced plant stress tolerance by Enterobacter sp. SA187 is mediated by 2-keto-4-methylthiobutyric acid production. A. de Zélicourt, L. Synek, M.M. Saad, H. Alzubaidy, R. Jalal, Y. Xie, C. Andrés-Barrao, E. Rolli, F. Guerard, K.G. Mariappan, I. Daur, J. Colcombet, M. Benhamed, T. Depaepe, D. Van Der Straeten, H. Hirt. PLoS Genetics 14(3):e1007273, (2019).

•    Complete genome sequence analysis of Enterobacter sp. SA187, a plant multi-stress tolerance promoting endophytic bacterium

C. Andrés-Barrao, F.F. Lafi, I. Alam, A. de Zélicourt, A.A. Eida, A. Bokhari, H. Alzubaidy, V.B. Bajic, H. Hirt, M.M. Saad. Frontiers in Microbioloby. 8: 2023, (2018).

•    Metaproteomics and ultrastructure characterization of Komagataeibacter spp. involved in high-acid spirit vinegar production

C. Andrés-Barrao, M.M. Saad, E. Cabello Ferrete, D. Bravo, M.L. Chappuis, R. Ortega Pérez, P. Junier, X. Perret, F. Barja. Food Microbiology. 55(1):12-22, (2016).

•    Rapid identification of acetic acid bacteria using MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry fingerprinting C. Andrés-Barrao, C. Benagli, M. Tonolla, F. Barja. 

Systematic and Applied Microbiollgy. 36(2):75-81, (2013).

•    Proteome analysis of Acetobacter pasteurianus during acetic acid fermentation

C. Andrés-Barrao, M.M. Saad, M.L. Chappuis, M. Boffa, X. Perret, R. Ortega Pérez, F. Barja. 

Journal of Proteomics. 75 (6):1701-1717, (2012).

•    Genome sequences of the high-acetic acid-resistant bacteria Gluconacetobacter europaeus LMG 

18890T and G. europaeus LMG 18494 (reference strains), G. europaeus 5P3, and Gluconacetobacter oboediens 174Bp2 (isolated from vinegar)

C. Andrés-Barrao, L. Falquet, S.P. Calderón-Copete, P. Descombes, R. Ortega Pérez, F. Barja. 

Journal of Bacteriology193 (10):2670-2671, (2011).  


PhD in Sciences, Biology. University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland, 2012

MSc in Biochemistry. University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain, 2006

MSc in Chemistry, Organic Chemistry. University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain, 2004​

Professional Profile

2019-Current: Postdoctoral fellow, Red Sea Research Center, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

2015-2019: Postdoctoral fellow, Desert Agriculture Initiative, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.

2013-2015: Postdoctoral fellow, Tokyo University of Agriculture, Tokyo, Japan.

2012-2013: Postdoctoral researcher, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland.


Research Fellowship awarded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).